If that doesn't make you sniffle at least a little, I suspect you are probably deep down inside a bad person, after all.*
Also, Bill's decided which New Amsterdam story we're web-serializing, and it's "Lucifugous," the one with the vampires and the dirigibles. It starts Tuesday, and of course I will be linkying again as it runs.
Guten Abend, meinen Damen under Herren! You are this chilly March evening aboard the zeppelin Hans Glücker, departing old Calais for the city of New Amsterdam, jewel of British North America. Among you is a celebrity: the famed Don Sebastien de Ulloa, known to the Continent as the Great Detective, along with his assistant Jack Priest.
Ah! I see your concern. Clearly you know of Don de Ulloa's reputation. Allow me to assure you, they are only passengers on this voyage, just part of our small and cozy coterie as we sail across the Atlantic. So, relax, ladies and gentlemen. After all, this is 1899, and this is a zeppelin. What could possibly go wrong?
The long novella “Lucifugous” chronicles this trip and the mysterious disappearance within, and opens Campbell award-winning writer Elizabeth Bear’s mosaic novel, New Amsterdam. Beginning January 2, 2007, “Lucifugous” will be serialized at www.subterraneanpress.com. Look for a new chapter every weekday.
About New Amsterdam:
Abigail Irene Garrett drinks too much. She makes scandalous liaisons with inappropriate men, and if in her youth she was a famous beauty, now she is both formidable--and notorious. She is a forensic sorceress, and a dedicated officer of a Crown that does not deserve her loyalty.
She has nothing, but obligations.
Sebastien de Ulloa is the oldest creature she has ever known. He was no longer young at the Christian millennium, and that was nine hundred years ago. He has forgotten his birth-name, his birth-place, and even the year in which he was born, if he ever knew it. But he still remembers the woman who made him immortal.
He has everything, but a reason to live.
In a world where the sun never set on the British Empire, where Holland finally ceded New Amsterdam to the English only during the Napoleonic wars, and where the expansion of the American colonies was halted by the war magic of the Iroquois, they are exiles in the new world--and its only hope for justice.
New Amsterdam will ship in May, 2006 from Subterranean Press, in two unique editions:
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover: $25
Limited: Only 200 signed cloth bound hardcovers, with a bonus chapbook: $40
*No, not really. Sheesh.**
**Okay, yes, really.